Thursday, 24 May 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
The first look I chose for a tutorial had to be a daytime look as it is the most versatile and natural, accentuating features and adding natural glow! Feeling Summery due to the 20.5 degree celsius weather I wanted to keep the look light and fresh, however I did add a flick of eyeliner for a little more dramatic effect. Apologies for photos, my camera charger is currently MIA so I used my ipod to take all pictures, they may not be the best quality. Hopefully my charger will soon turn up and next time I can do a video tutorial! Here goes!
It is always important to to start by cleansing and prepping skin properly, as if your skin hasn't been properly pampered before a makeup application you will have trouble blending and working products into your skin. You want a clean well moisturized base to achieve an even finish on your look. This is especially important for those of you who may have particularly oily or dry skin.
1. After cleansing, toning, and moisturising I waited four to five minutes to allow my moisturiser to fully soak in. For those of you who have dry skin/patches it may be advisable for you to apply foundation onto your face while your moisturiser is still damp feeling as it should help your blending of the foundation.
2. Firstly I used Garnier 2 in 1 Tinted Eye Roll on in 02 Fair mixed with a little Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 02 (mixed because I am running low on concealer, funds are a little low sadly!) I used a Sephora Concealer Brush to blend this under my eye, and into the inner corner. The pinky tones of concealers are for counteracting the bluey/purple tones that come through as dark circles as the skin around your eyes is so much finer than the rest of your face. I used whatever product was left on the brush just on my brow bone for a subtle highlight.
3. As my foundation I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 as I prefer a full coverage foundation.
A great alternative for daywear or for anyone who likes a lighter finish foundation would be Bobbi Brown Skin Base Foundation. I find my own skin too oily for this one to last, but for those closer to "normal" skin this could be perfect, (ever noticed how "normal" skin is actually the most "ab-normal" ah to be one of the lucky few :) It's a really fluid foundation, easy to use, but for me lacks that extra coverage and staying power.
To apply my foundation I first used a Mac 190 paddle brush, and to achieve a smoother finish, I buffed the foundation in using a Mac 188 stippling brush.
These brushes are perfect for giving your foundation that flawless finish as the layered bristles gently buff the makeup into your skin. Another advantage is that they can be used with many different kinds of makeup, be it liquid, cream, or powder.
The swatches here are the wrong way around I am afraid, rookie mistake! The left one is the Inglot pencil and the one on the right is Mac Harmony.
Loose setting powders are ideal for those who need to be able to depend on their makeup to stay put. It creates a sort of "seal", while soaking up excess oils, and should lessen the need for touch ups throughout the day. I used my Sephora Powder Brush which has super soft bristles and a big head making application easy and quick. Be sure to press these powders well onto skin to ensure it will set your makeup. A little can also go a long way, we don't wanna end up looking too matte and pasty!
6. Moving onto the eyes next, a neutral shade should be applied all over the lid for a even matte base. I used Mac Young Thing from the Devoted Poppy: 6 Classic Eyes Palette, which to my knowledge isn't available anymore, but any non shimmer off white or light sandy colour should do. It is the top right shadow in the picture, I tried to swatch but it's so light it wasn't coming out in the photo.
Next I used a Mac 217 blending brush to work Mac Matte Blush in Harmony from the outer third of my eyelid and into the crease, working just up to brow bone. I used this colour with a heavy hand as it is subtle. To make the colour a little more dense at the outer edge I used a touch of Benefit Eye Liner Shadow from the Big Beautiful Eyes Contour Kit.
As it was a daytime look, I wanted to keep the overall colour light a fresh so I mixed Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Slink with the highlight colour from the Benefit pallete above. To apply this I used a Fluff Brush from Sephora which is a short, bristle dome headed brush perfect for application of colour. I worked these colours from the inner corner up to my crease and blended again with the Mac 217 for a seamless blend of colour. I also used these two colours as my brow highlight.
To create the flick/wing, look closely at where your bottom eye waterline finishes and starts to curve up, and follow it. This is the line you want to follow so as to not end up making your eyes look they are drooping downward or flat! Pick that line upwards, imagine you are going to continue it out to where your eyebrow ends. Getting this right takes much practice, as will deciding how thick or thin the eyeliner suits your eye. Practice is the key here and when you do get it bang on you feel like a champ! So keep trying!
9. On my bottom lashes I applied Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara in black. I always do my bottom lashes first, as they will dry slightly quicker, then I generally move onto blusher etc, and come back when they are dry and curl my upper lashes and apply mascara there then. I absolutely hate when eyelashes stick together with wet mascara!
10. To contour my cheeks a little I again used Mac Harmony Blush just under my cheekbones, blended out to the ear, slightly also on my temples and under my jawline. To do this I used a soft dome headed Sephora Contour Brush. Contouring is also a fine art which takes practice, so be very light handed until you get the hang of it. One of the best Youtube tutorials I have seen on contouring and highlighting is from Petrilude, check it out here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqCDhUsVwFw
As I was feeling so summery, I decided against a typical champagne/shimmer highlight and opted for a bronze alternative. I chose Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst (even the name is dreamy!) which is a compact shimmer powder wheel infusing a pink, and three variant goldish-browns, designed to be swirled all together and dusted over wherever you want a boost of bronze glowing colour! I used my large head Sephora Powder Brush as above to apply this. I dusted this right across the apples of my cheeks to my cheekbones and upwards, a little across my hairline on my forehead, and down the bridge of my nose. With such dense shimmer in this product it is easy to get a little heavy handed, so always remember with any product it's easy to put more on, but not so easy to take it off.
To finish off my cheeks I used my favourite blush! Mac Mineralize Blush in Utterly Game which is a gorgeous peachy/coral tone. I used a Mac 129 to apply just on the apples of my cheeks. I find with my yellow toned skin that the peach tones suit me better, I find pink blushers sometimes wash me out. A nice bright coral is always gorgeous for summer warmth, especially if you are using a cream formula blush which will hold that fresh dewy look better than a powder.
11. To finish the look I settled on two lipglosses, because one just wasn't enough! I used Mac Plushglass in Ample Pink all over my lips and Mac Lipglass in Underage on the middle of my bottom lip and on my cupid's bow to (hopefully!) make my lips look a little fuller!
So there we have it, just over ten steps to a simple daytime makeup! This look here, perhaps minus the gel liner, would be my daily makeup routine and only takes me about 12 minutes.
Let me know your favourite daytime/summery products?!
Monday, 7 May 2012
Maybelline - The Colossal Volume Express Mascara - Cat Eyes
This mascara definitely deserves it's place as my (first!) favorite product of the month. I love trying new mascaras, and with so many on the market I think a girl can never have too many! I find myself reaching for this one daily when doing my own makeup which is always a good sign! The concave curve on the brush, combined with it's length make it (almost) perfect for sweeping all lashes upwards in one stroke. For a more dramatic effect you can focus the brush separately on the three sections of your eyelashes, inner, middle, and outer corner. For me personally, I think you can never have too many layers of mascara on, and I think that this one from the "Cat Eyes Collection" is a great all rounder. It can be used softly for those who prefer a more subtle approach to their peepers:
Or for fellow mascara junkies like me, you will find it builds and layers really well also.
Honestly, I don't think it really hits the 7x more volume like they say in the advert, but hey, do they ever? :) Overall a great high street mascara.
Rating: 4.5/5, I really can't fault it. Some minor drop-down and flaking, but after many hours of wear.
Would I purchase again? Most def!